On May 19 in

1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.

1780 A mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon.

1913 California Gov. Hiram Johnson signed the Webb-Hartley Law prohibiting "aliens ineligible to citizenship" from owning farm land, a measure targeting Asian immigrants, particularly Japanese.

1943 In his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the fight against Japan.

1962 Actress Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday to You" to President John F. Kennedy during a Democratic fundraiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1964 The State Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones had been found in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

1973 Secretariat won the Preakness Stakes, the second of its Triple Crown victories.

In The Star

May 19, 1939, in The Star: It’s noted in today’s radio column that local listeners who’d like to hear the play-by-play of tonight’s Anniston Rams game against the Pensacola Fliers at Johnston Field should be able to hear it on the Pensacola radio station WCOA, 1340 on the dial. Also this date: Abolition of the 15-cent-per-month charge for handset telephones will mean a reduction in income of about $1,600 per year at the Anniston office of Southern Bell Telephone Company. Of the 3,072 telephones operated through the Anniston exchange, it was stated today, less than one-third, or about 900, are of the handset style. The rate change means that all telephones are eligible to be changed to handsets without customers incurring a monthly charge. The entire state of Alabama has approximately 31,300 telephone subscribers.

May 19, 1989, in The Star: The Calhoun Garbage Task Force has issued what may be a landmark call for countywide recycling as part of a plan that could double the life of the county's landfill. The recycling recommendation, delivered last night by County Commissioner Mike Rogers, chairman of the study group, initially would apply only to county businesses. If the voluntary recycling program catches on at the county's work places, a similar program may be tried for residences, Rogers said. But such an effort won't be tried for five years or more, he said. Rogers told a receptive audience of about 100 elected county officials at a dinner in Weaver that the time is now to plan for the county's future waste disposal. “The problem is here,” Rogers said. “Let's just do something and not just talk about it.” If it were all to come to pass, Dr. Ed Passerini of the University of Alabama, former president of the Alabama Conservancy, said Calhoun County could become a “how-to” example for the rest of the state.

Birthdays for May 19

PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 80. Actor James Fox is 75. Actress Nancy Kwan is 75. Actor Peter Mayhew is 70. Rock singer-composer Pete Townshend (The Who) is 69. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 67. Singer-actress Grace Jones is 62. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford is 44. Gospel singer Israel Houghton is 43. Rock musician James Richardson (MGMT) is 31. Actor Eric Lloyd is 28.

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